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Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Navigator

Company: Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative Inc
Location: Hattiesburg
Posted on: January 19, 2023

Job Description:

Job Description:Under the direction of the Director of Social Services, the Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Navigator will provide patient support and navigation services to HIV negative individuals who are at higher risk of becoming infected by HIV and/or who may have barriers to accessing and adhering to PrEP care. In addition, the PrEP Navigator will support the development of systems and infrastructure to increase PrEP services within SeMRHI clinical sites with designated staff working with the Primary Health HIV Prevention (PCHP) grant and Ryan White Program (RWP). These services will be provided either in-person or via phone at SeMRHI clinical sites and at off-site local health facilities and targeted outreach locations.
Job Responsibilities:

  • Coordinates, in conjunction with the PCHP High-Risk RN Case Manager, Linkage to Care Social Worker and the Director of Social Services, a navigation program for individuals to access PrEP care and services.
  • Functions as the primary point of contact for SeMRHI PrEP services, providing in-person services for people seen at SeMRHI clinical sites and support SeMRHI providers and clinical staff who are providing PrEP services.
  • Provides Rapid HIV testing and decision support to individuals who are at risk for HIV and link to PrEP, Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) or HIV care as appropriate
  • Provides HIV education regarding prevention, chronic disease management, HIV treatment, and medication adherence.
  • Provides eligibility screening and enrollment assistance to improve access and adherence to PrEP services.
  • Maintains and reports accurate data for all grant reporting requirements related to PrEP, HIV testing and targeted PrEP outreach activities to the Director of Social Services by the tenth of each month.
  • Provides linkage to support services to address other psychosocial needs as appropriate and make referrals to social workers within the PCHP or RWP for more complex psychosocial intervention as indicated.
  • Assists the clinical team with individualized risk-reduction counseling and support as well as adherence strategies for targeted outreach interventions to optimize follow-up.
    • Promotes the PrEP program within SeMRHI and with community providers and agencies.
    • Provides targeted PrEP outreach activities with at-risk communities.
    • Engages in active quality management activities to ensure quality of care and prevention intervention strategies are implemented.
    • Documents Rapid HIV testing and other patient-related encounters in the patient's electronic health record and designated reporting systems within 24 hours of the date of service.
    • Participates in SeMRHI's PCHP and RWP staff activities including staff meetings, supervision and other activities as identified by the Director of Social Services.
    • Participates in local and regional meetings and state and national trainings/conferences, centered around PrEP and HIV prevention.
    • Acquires and maintains strong knowledge of local, state, and national PrEP-related resources and services and HIV education and prevention interventions to assist patients in managing PrEP.
    • Demonstrates a clear and ongoing understanding of patient confidentiality and privacy standards.
    • Demonstrates positive personal attributes such as honesty, integrity, and professionalism in all aspects of the job.
    • Demonstrates cultural competency in all activities and ensures that all patients are treated fairly with high quality care.
    • Maintains prompt and regular attendance.
    • Verifies timecard at the end of each pay period.
    • Performs other tasks deemed necessary by immediate supervisor.Job Requirements
      • High school graduate (minimum) or college graduate, preferably in health-related field
      • 2 years of experience working in a medical care setting with certification or college degree
      • Possess a clean, valid driver's license
      • Excellent oral and written communication skills
      • Proactive and detail-oriented
      • Great interpersonal skills to deal effectively with patients and staff from different cultures, races, ages, genders, sexual orientations, disabilities, and religious beliefs
      • Ability to multi-task
      • Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications including Word and Excel and the use of electronic medical records
      • Ability to effectively counsel and educate others using sound communication and counseling skills
      • Contribute to a team-based approach focused on patient care
        • Ability to reason in planning and reporting
          Physical and Other Requirements
          • Must continuously listen and visualize and possess dexterity and eye-hand coordination with the ability for simple grasping and speed work
          • Must frequently sit, squat, reach, use both right and left forearm rotation, walk, and climb stairs
          • Must occasionally kneel, twist, have ability to grasp firmly, lift and carry, push, and pull more than 10 lbs.
          • Must be able to sit, stand, or walk for long periods of time
          • Must be able to pass a criminal background check, drug screen and physical assessment
          • Must be willing to do local and out-of-state travel.

Keywords: Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative Inc, Hattiesburg , Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Navigator, Other , Hattiesburg, Mississippi

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